Practise self-compassion

One of the most important things we can do to live better, happier lives is to practice compassion - both for ourselves and for others. If today isn't going your way, remember that's okay. Be kind to yourself by practising self-compassion. Here are some ways to do that:

  1. Treat yourself as you would a small child, or a dear friend or family member
    Be kind, gentle and understanding with yourself, especially when you are struggling.
  2. Give yourself permission to be imperfect
    Trying to be perfect can be exhausting. Remember that you are enough just as you are.
  3. Make nice plans with yourself
    Rather than spending your time on social media watching other people living their lives, find activities that inspire and challenge you, and make them a priority.
  4. End your day reflecting on the things you did well
    We can spend a lot of our time and energy dwelling on what we didn't accomplish in a day. Instead, spend at least one minute at the end of the day thinking about what you did get done
  5. Give yourself encouragement
    Your inner critic will not help you through the challenges you face. Encourage yourself - be proud of your accomplishments, believe that you can do what you set out to do, open yourself to learning and growing, and be your own best friend.